Episode 94 SDCC 2017 & Justice League Trailer!


Episode 94 is coming right at you! On this week’s episode we have so much to chat about and catch you up on! We start this episode out with the news that Danny Elfman is now scoring “Justice League.” Then we bring up that very reavealing article from Kim Masters about Ben Affleck’s Batman being ‘Phased out.’ We finish off the episode breaking down that incredible “Justice League” trailer. Line up the new Justice League trailer, strap in and enjoy the ride with Episode 94 of Shanlian On Batman!


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Review: “Look To The Sky”




Drew Kiess

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to see Look to the Sky, the latest documentary from Brett Culp. Batman fans will know Culp from his documentary Legends of the Knight (2013), which looked at individuals who were inspired by Batman into overcoming obstacles in their lives and communities. Legends as a film lead me on an interesting road to learning about story.

Look to the Sky is not a movie that I feel like I can review. Not to say that I have a long list of complaints about how the film was made, because I don’t (I thought it was beautifully constructed and truly inspiring), but I think when a movie or a book or whatever touches you in a certain way, that talking about it on a technical level can be reductive in how we look at story.

The film introduced me to Daniel Taylor, who’s books have been a huge part of my life the past few years. They have given me much comfort in my educational goals and my own personal life. The way he writes about stories and how our lives revolve around them has made an impact that is immeasurable.

This was why I struggled with my Wonder Woman review. That was a movie that I thought was absolutely beautiful, but there were things that happened in that movie that spoke to me on a personal level, and I felt like offering a counter-story was a more honest response at that time.

A counter-story is a term used in narrative therapy when a therapist uses a fictional or historical story to help their client reframe a difficult time that they are going through. I think we all use stories this way. Look to the Sky was no exception for me.

Look to the Sky is about the spirit of Superman. It featured the story of several young people and the adults who surround them and how they had a spirit of heroism like the Man of Steel. I could go through every story and talk about what I like, but I would much rather you experience that when you have an opportunity to see the film for yourself.

I work in a community where I am surrounded by stories of kids who are facing obstacles in between them and success. And going into this summer, I was feeling burnt out. I had come to a place where I felt like I had given everything I could and I wasn’t seeing the kind of results that I had hoped for. There is one story in Look to the Sky about Annaliese Cobb, a young girl who swam across Lake Ontario to raise money for a camp for children with cancer. And things for her didn’t really seem like they were working out at times.

During the night, Annaliese was pushed backwards by strong currents and wind. Even though she was physically pushing herself forward, the water was taking her backwards. She could have quit at that moment, but she kept swimming. And when the weather improved, she began making progress again. I think that this is where I have been, and maybe some of you are there, too.

As superhero fans, I think we all have a natural desire to see things get better, but we are often times surrounded by stories that make it seem like change is impossible. I think what our heroes teach us is that if we persevere in the midst of the worst storms and the darkest nights, we will see change happening at sunrise.

If you have an opportunity to see Look to the Sky in a theater near you, I could not recommend picking up a ticket more. I guarantee you will leave encouraged, and perhaps a bit tempted to go out and buy a red cape. The great things is though, is that Look to the Sky proves that you can be heroic both with or without one. But honestly, the cape could be a really cool look.




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Episode 93 wsg Mark Hughes


The crew is so happy to Welcome Back one of our favorite guests, Mark Hughes. If you are follower and frequent listener to this podcast than you know that we love to chat with Mark about anything and everything Batman and DCEU related. In Episode 93 the crew chats with Mark about the ongoing rumors that surround the reshooting of Justice League. But first we start off the episode chatting about the tragic passing of Adam West. We also get into DCEU talk and we gush about Wonder Woman and the upcoming film Aquaman!

Make sure that when you are done listening to this episode you check out Mark’s stuff on Forbes and read his reviews and/or articles that he publishes. Or you check our copious back log with Mark Hughes on Shanlian on Batman, you know a Mark Hughes episode never disappoints! So get into your podcast zone and lets Batman out for awhile with Shanlian on Batman featuring our very special guest Mark Hughes!


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Episode 92 WSG Daniel Alter


This week the guys have on a guest that is no stranger to the world of Batman, Mr. Daniel Alter. Dan sits down for an in depth conversation on some of his favorite and not so favorite portrayals of The Dark Knight! Additionally, he gushes over The Dark Knight Returns and gets into some spoiler heavy talk on Wonder Woman, which has just surpassed $500 Million at the Worldwide Box Office.

Daniel also reveals details on what he hopes to see in the upcoming Justice League film, and of course what he wants to see in future solo Batman films . Sit back and put your ear-pods in and enjoy Episode 92 of Shanlian On Batman with the amazing Daniel Alter!



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Episode 80 with ‘Batman Beyond’ Artist Bernard Chang

Episode 80 we sit down and chat with the current Batman Beyond artist Bernard Chang. We dive deep into his early career and his current and amazing work on Batman Beyond.

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Shanlian On Batman Episode 68: Kristopher Carter, Lolita Ritmanis, Michael McCuistion & SDCC


On this episode of Shanlian on Batman Justin and Tom (Kyle was busy) speak to the group of people that literally wrote the music to our childhood. This amazing team has collaborated on so many different projects from “Batman: The Animated Series,”
Batman Beyond,” “Young Justice” and so many more.  Listen below as this Trio made up of Kristopher Carter, Lolita Ritmanis, & Michael McCuistion take us on a journey that spans the beginning of their careers, all the way to “The Killing Joke.”


Additionally, if you plan on taking a trip to San Diego Comic Con this weekend make sure that you stop by and say hi to our new friends Kristopher, Lolita and Michael. Below are some details for all you SDCC attendees.

Panel info:

Friday, 7/22/16
1:00 – 2:00 I Love That Song! Composing, Scoring and Singing Superhero Style

Renowned Emmy Award-winning composers and songwriters Michael McCuistion (Justice League Unlimited), Lolita Ritmanis (Spectacular Spider-Man), Kristopher Carter (Batman Beyond) and producer and lyricist James Tucker (Batman: The Brave and the Bold) will go behind the scenes and show audiences how they write the music and songs to some of DC and Marvel’s finest properties, including the making of Batman the Brave and the Bold: The Music Meister, starring Neil Patrick Harris, and working alongside Mark Hamill on Batman: The Killing Joke. Be prepared to sing along, and hear a surprise guest or two lend their vocal talents live. The panel will be moderated by Anne Cecere of BMI and Chandler Poling of White Bear PR. A Q&A will follow the panel with fun giveaways for the participants. Room: 28DE



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Snyder on Affleck Directing Batman

Ever since it was announced a few years ago that Ben Affleck would be donning the cape and cowl, fans everywhere have been wondering if Affleck would play double duty as actor and director of the solo Batman series.

Now in a recent interview with JOE.ie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder talked briefly about trying to convince Ben Affleck to direct the upcoming Batman film. Watch the video below and listen to all of Snyder’s comments about that upcoming film.


Would you want to see Affleck take over directorial duties on the solo Batman film? If not who would you get to take over that role?

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Tom Harper



Tom Harper(BatmanBassSlap) is one of the Co Founders and current CFO of Shanlian on Batman. His favorite version of Batman is Frank Miller’s the Dark Knight Returns, although the new 52 style has slowly worked its way into his heart as well. When it comes to the an animated version, Batman Beyond has always been Tom’s Batman of choice.

Tom is an avid musician and loves to network with new people that are involved in all types of mediums. Also being a huge fan of technology and new things he is always open to input in regards to new kinds of equipment and programs, feedback, constructive criticism, and strait up criticism for the show. On Twitter @batmanbassslap or directly at harper660@gmail.com is the best way to reach Mr. Harper.